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Foy WH Ch. 5 Vocab

subcontinent a large landmass that is smaller than a continent, such as India
monsoons a seasonal wind pattern that causes wet and dry seasons
Sanskrit the most important language of ancient India
caste system the division of Indian society into groups based on rank, wealth, or occupation
Hinduism the main religion of India; it teaches that everything is part of a universal spirit called Brahman
reincarnation a Hindu and Buddhist belief that souls are born and reborn many times, each time into a new body
karma in Buddhism and Hinduism, the effects that good or bad actions have on a person's soul
Jainism an Indian religion based on the teachings of Mahavira that teaches that all life is sacred
Buddhism a religion based on the teachings of the Buddha that developed in India in the 500's BC
nirvana in Buddhism, a state of perfect peace
metallurgy the science of working with metals
alloy a mixture of two or more metals
Hindu-Arabic numerals the number system we use today; it was created by Indian scholars during the Gupta dynasty
inoculation injecting a person with a small dose of a virus to help build up defenses to a disease
astronomy the study of stars and planets
Created by: lfoy8290